Yoram Hazony, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, has written an astonishingly simple apology for the God of the Hebrew Bible in The New York Times, offering it as a way beyond the God-the-perfect-being proposed by philosophers and much classical Christian theology. As Hazony points out, that approach to God as serious problems, the first of which is "that it appears to be impossible to make it coherent.
It was with some sadness that I read of Father Roy Bourgeois' inevitable laicization and dismissal from his Maryknoll order after more than 40 years of service. I say "inevitable" because I never had any confidence that the stall tactics Maryknoll engaged in over the past few years would eventually be successful.
The orthodoxy police have apparently invaded Facebook. The first victim: Seventeen-year-old Lennon Cihak, who after completing all the requirements for confirmation was denied the sacrament by his pastor over a photo that Cihak posted on his Facebook page.
The Church of England's Crown Nomination Commission's selection of Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury brought to mind again what I think is the problem with the churches of Europe--to put it simply, they are still more or less arms of the state.
Now that Pope Benedict XVI is entering the Twitterverse--with the pope's first 140 characters to appear before the end of the year--I'm wondering how his embrace of this new(ish) communications medium relates to this week's creation of the Vatican's new Pontifical Academy for Latin Studies. Maybe he coud use the former to promote the latter?
Election Day has (thankfully) come and gone, and we now know for certain that President Barack Obama will serve four more years in office. So now that the "who will win?" speculation is out of the way, analysts are hard at work on explaining why the vote went the way it did.
Two decidedly different approaches to dissension in the Catholic ranks emerged in the last week. From Austria came a letter from its bishops on the Year of Faith, with a specific section devoted to the "Appeal to Disobedience," a bit of a manifesto signed by 400 Catholic priests in Austria lamenting the "reform backlog"--ordination of married men and women, communion for remarried people, and so on--facing the church in Austria.
While pundits and Democrats can't make enough political fodder of GOP Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment that pregnancy as a result of rape is "something God intended," I have to wonder why there aren't more theologians and pastors roundly denouncing the theology behind it.
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